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Welcome to Waipara Sleepers

Relax Recharge Unwind

Welcome to Waipara Sleepers, where we will do our utmost to make your stay relaxing and memorable. Our beds are comfortable and our garden setting perfect for kicking back and enjoying a book, glass of wine or just some quiet time.   Book a room today or get in touch to learn more.......

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The Story of Waipara Sleepers

A little bit of history

The first half of the twentieth century was a ‘golden age' for rail, almost everyone travelling between major centres took the railway. Trains also delivered schoolchildren to the classroom, suburban workers to factories and offices, and thousands of day-trippers to beaches, parks, shows and racecourses.
From the 1950s, rail's central role in the daily life of New Zealanders began to erode, as travellers opted to drive or fly rather than use passenger trains. Sadly Branch lines around the country were progressively closed.
In the early 1990s four of the 1940s decommissioned rail cars were transported from Christchurch to Waipara and over the years have been carefully restored into comfortable accommodation for sleeping and relaxing, mindful to maintain the 1940s charm. 
From the moment you drive in, you’ll feel how special Waipara Sleepers is.  Original features, super comfortable beds and separate balconies to enjoy a wine,  are only part of the story. Take a look at our site to learn more, and book your room today.

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We have a number of options to suit most travelers or holiday makers including four 1940's train carriages, with three perched on railway lines just to add to the character. We have a Double Wagon ideal for couples with its own balcony and sitting room and a Twin Wagon with a double and single bed suitable for couples or girls getaways. We also have, two wagons set up as bunks (each four berth) which will appeal to the budget conscious. Click here for more accommodation and campsite options,

1940's Rail Wagons

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Our Services

Shower Facilities


Vehicle Access

TV/Library room

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Such an amazing place, a true gem. Very welcomed by the owner David, so friendly, like family or friends visiting, really makes you feel welcomed.
The accommodation is so different to anything you may have stayed in before. Even if you don't have a love of trains and the railway you are going to love these carriages. They have tried to retain as much originality as possible and yet have everything you need for a comfortable stay.
Facilities are kept clean, the onsite kitchen is well stocked and there is even bread and fresh eggs should you wish.
I do love the smell of the lavender when walking to and from my train and you can forgot your worries as the cabbage white butterflies flutter around. True tranquility.
Highly recommend and certainly will be back.

Marie Smith

Wonderful place. We loved our night in one of the sleepers. Facilities are spotless and David is super friendly. Lovely and peaceful little campground. We would definitely come back again.

Ute Foulkes

A great & unique stay right in the heart of the wine region. It’s very clean & there’s nothing like waking up in an actual train carriage. We had an awesome stay!

Lydia & Harry

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